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Remembering One Life to Live on the 10th Anniversary of its Final Episode on ABC

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the final broadcast of ABC’s One Life to Live. The beloved soap opera was canceled back in April of 2011 along with All My Children, and continued to air till January 13, 2012.

As the story goes, after some false starts, the show wound up in the hands of Prospect Park in an attempted online reboot of the series which lasted some 40 plus episodes, and one season on Hulu in 2013.

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Agnes Nixon’s brainchild first took to the airwaves back on July 15, 1968 on ABC, and tackled many of the social issues of our time, delivered unforgettable performances, beloved soap on-screen couples, and often humorous and edgy storylines.

When the soap was initially canceled by ABC, we took to our former site to share our thoughts in the piece here back in 2011.

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At the end of its 43-year-run it was then EP Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati who took the show to third place in the ratings among six soaps, and delivered a one-two punch of heart, humor, and drama to close out the ABC run of  One Life. (We have posted the final episode below).

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Through the years the actors who graced the screen were ,and are, some of the all-time great actresses including: Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, Judith Light, Jessica Tuck, Susan Haskell, and so many more.

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It also brought us the talented actors including: Al Freeman Jr., Roger Howarth, Trevor St. John, Gerald Anthony, Michael Zaslow, Robert S. Woods, Ryan Phillippe, Nathan Fillion, and the list goes on.

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Below, rewatch the final episode, and the extremely well-crafted and delivered speech given by the character of Viki on the penultimate episode, how soap operas touch so many lives a la “Fraternity Row” (But, as we all know, the show was speaking directly to the longtime viewers at home about their cancellation!)

Those videos are followed two emotional interviews we conducted on the final press day of ABC’s One Life to Live with Kassie DePaiva and Kristen Alderson, then Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods that we are reposting here.

Now, share your thoughts and remembrances of when you watched the final episodes of One Life to Live, and how you still miss it to this day via the comment section.

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Shari
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Shari

I miss it every day!!

Joe
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Joe

Agreed

JHurley
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JHurley

I can’t count how many times in the last 10 years I said to myself, “I miss ‘my’ life to live.” Hope I live long enough to at least see old episodes stream…

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Not a day goes by that I don’t miss One Life to Live. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the last network episode. I was there for the first episode July 15, 1968 and the last January 13, 2012. Viki’s speech says it all. There will forever be a giant whole in my heart for all the fascinating characters, stories and outstanding actors of One Life to Live.

Jones Cathy
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Jones Cathy

Miss this soap!!love for it to come back!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I still never understood why it was taken off when it had good ratings. Frank and Ron were giving me a show that I had to tune into every day because of how fast paced it was. It was “Must See TV” to me!

Jp
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Jp

Totally agreed. I wish OLTL was still on today.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I totally agree! Maybe not every story was gold, but it was so much better under RC’s writing than previous head writers! The Tale Of Two Todd’s was an unbelievable shot in the arm that boosted the ratings and — in my opinion — one of the best stories ever on daytime

brian
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brian

Please ABC give us back our One Life To Live

Kevin Crain
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Kevin Crain

Regarding one life to live. I miss it as well. The only good thing happened was the stupid shows they replaced it with are no longer on

Kim Staub
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Kim Staub

Miss one life to live everyday. Love thst show and all the drama. Love all the actors and actresses.

4ever fan
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4ever fan

Maybe it sounds cliche but the show had one thing that i can only describe as ‘heart.’ With all the streaming options these days i wish someone would get the rights and run it from the beginning to end.

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Days of our Lives Preemption Schedule During 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

It’s close to that time when NBC will preempt episodes Days of our Lives for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

DAYS will be preempted on Friday, February 4th, the full week of February 7-11th, and then the following week February 14-18th.

Look for all-new episodes of DAYS to return on Monday, February 21st.

Meanwhile, look for some of the juiciest stories in Salem to leave you with some exciting cliffhangers before takes the soap takes a time-out on the network for the Olympics from China.

So, will you be jonesing for DAYS during the Olympics? Will you be tuning-in to the competition from Beijing? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang and Ashley Jones Reveal They Want Brooke & Bridget To Deal with Their Shared Past with Deacon

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) of The Bold and the Beautiful was last Friday’s guest on BOLD Live, and during her interview with B&B supervising producer and host, Casey Kasprzyk, none other than Ashley Jones (Bridget) made a surprise appearance.

Once Jones arrived on the livestream (late in the episode), the discussion turned to wishing that Brooke and Bridget would get the opportunity to deal with the fallout from years ago between mother and daughter.

If fans recall, Bridget was married to Deacon (Sean Kanan), and then he had an affair with Brooke, and then Brooke became pregnant with Hope.

On BOLD Live, Lang said, “There is so much good story there.”  She then added, “I honestly feel Brooke and Bridget never dealt with that. It’s honestly something that was pushed down.”

Ashley shared on the current state of B&B’s episodes: “This is the juiciest the shows been in a long time.”  And on Brooke/Deacon/Bridget, Ashley concurred with Kelly: “Oh. 100% … they never dealt with it.”

Watch BOLD Live with Katherine Kelly Lang and special guest Ashley Jones below.

Then let us know, would you like to see Bridget return and in-turn bring with her some meaty scenes between mother and daughter, especially given Brooke’s temptation with the bottle again? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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All My Children Alum William Christian to Debut on Days of our Lives

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, look for former All My Children favorite, William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye from 1990-2007), to join the cast of the NBC daytime drama series.

Christian is taking on the role of Lani’s (Sal Stowers) not-so-good biological father, TR Coates, and when he arrives in Salem, Paulina (Jackée Harry) is not too pleased!  This isn’t the first time Bill has appeared on DAYS. He previously had a four-day stint in another role in a storyline in 2018.

Now in 2022, as it turns out ,TR is a movie producer with a connection to Johnny (Carson Boatman).  So, will the JoDevil and TR make a despicable team and wreak more havoc on Salem? stay tuned.

Watch the latest DAYS promo below featuring William’s Christian’s arrival on the Salem scene.

Then let us know, are you glad to see Bill back on daytime? What do you think will be TR’s agenda while in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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